Last season Gary Sanchez hit 20 home runs in a two month span, which entered him into the Rookie of the Year conversation.
However, this season it’s not going to be easy for Sanchez, especially since he has to live up to the expectations the Yankees have for him. Sanchez was able to oust Brian McCann as the starting catcher at the end of the season, which ended with the Yankees trading McCann to the Houston Astros during the offseason.
But it wasn’t the case a year ago; Sanchez was expected to win the backup job out of Spring Training. But Sanchez went 2-for-22 during the Spring, which forced the Yankees to send him to Double-A Trenton.
“We all saw in spring training he was battling,” Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said to media on Friday. “When he came up [in August], he did his job. Everyone saw what we did last year in the second half with all the young guys. We started clicking. We’re looking for the same thing this year.”
No one expects Sanchez to replicate his 2016 season but the Yankees are hoping Sanchez can play well the entire 2017 campaign at the Major League level.
“All he wants is to have a good season,” Gregorius said. “That’s what we want as a team.”